From London to Windsor
30.04.2019 - 30.04.2019 16 °C
Harte and Garter Hotel - Room No 109
Slept in, had breakfast, packed our bags and phoned for an Uber to take us to Windsor at 11 am. Our driver was a lovely young Greek guy and we chatted for the hour and a quarter it took us to get to Windsor. Our room wasn't ready unti 2pm so we went for a walk around lovely old Windsor. It is Phli's first time here and he loves it.
We had a beer at the Carpenters Arms and then we wandered down the street and found a Cornish Pastie shop! Is there no getting away from them?
While we were walking around Windsor, a TV crew came along and interviewed us about Harry and Meghan's baby, whether we thought it was going to be a boy or a girl. A girl, I said. Maybe we will be on TV tonight.
This guy is all set up on the corner, hoping the baby will be born today as it's his 84th birthday.
We receive our room keys and I ask for my invitation to the Royal Victorian Order Church Service and Reception being held at Windsor Castle on Friday, 3 May. "We don't have any mail for you", they said. "Yes you do because I received an email from Ivanka at the end of March saying that mine (and others) had arrived". Great confusion ensued with phone calls being made, Ivanka arriving to participate in the search, safes being searched - the whole works!
Meanwhile, Amanda O'Rourke had phoned me to say that she had phoned the Harte and Garter and they told her they didn't have her invitation either! Good grief. Here we go again. In 2011, the Clarence Hotel sent our invitations back to the Central Chancery, even though we asked them to hold them for us.
However, all's well that ends well, and after a little while, Ivanka had found ALL our invitations. Thank goodness.
Now to the room. It is lovely. It is on the first floor, we have a lift AND a bath and a balcony overlooking Windsor Castle. The bathroom is HUGE - we could hold a party in there. The balcony needs some attention so we are not supposed to stand on it, but we can open the balcony doors for fresh air, and street noise!
The room next to us has been taken over by the media. They are training their cameras on the gates of Windsor, waiting to see who comes and goes, re the new Royal baby.
We walked down to an Italian restaurant for a quick snack so we could come back to our room and watch the semi finals of the World Snooker Championships as there is an Australian who is doing quite well. In fact he was leading when we went to dinner.
We had just settled into a restaurant when two women arrived with seven very noisy boys! The waiter moved us to a different part of the restaurant but we really didn't mind. We had been reading the menu in the restaurant earlier this afternoon and the owner came out and gave us a 25 per cent off voucher, so we were definitely coming back. The pizza was quite nice.
All the tourists and baby watchers have now gone home and the street below us and the front gates of Windsor Castle are now deserted. I guess it will be full on tomorrow and every day until the baby Sussex is born.